Bungling Sri Lankan Airlines official may have endangered the life of a planeload of passengers by carrying two unclaimed baggages in place of those belonging to two passengers on its flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.
A homebound Sri Lankan and an Indian on arrival in Colombo found to their dismay that their bags were missing and on inquiry were informed that the Airline`s officials in Kuala Lumpur had kept back their bags instead of the two unclaimed baggages.
`I boarded theUL 301 Y flight from Kauala Lumpur on Friday and came to know that Sri Lankan Air line officials in Malaysia had detected two unclaimed bags on the flight. The passengers were informed that there were two bags and called for one Mr Iyer. Since none came forward, they left the two bags in Kuala Lumpur and we arrived in Colombo around 5.10 pm. Later, when I went to claim my bags I came to know that one of my bags was missing,` a passenger who arrived on the flight said.
A few minutes later, I came to know that another passenger too had lost one of his bags. On inquiry we were told that the airport authorities in Kuala Lumpur had removed our bags instead of the two suspicious unclaimed bags which had arrived safely,` he said.
The shocked passenger said the inefficiency of the officials had caused him much trouble since all his medication was in the missing bag and he had missed medication for 48 hours.
`My missing bag arrived in Colombo on Saturday but the airport authorities did not release it until Sunday. I was told that it was being held for security reasons. The Customs cited that the bag carried a load of medications. Later, I had to meet the top officials and explain my situation and that the load of medications was for three months, to get the bag out,` the passenger said.
`The suspicious bags would have carried nothing illegal, or any explosives, but if it was the case as with many other unclaimed bags, hundreds of innocent passengers would have had to pay the price of the inefficiency of officials,` he added.